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12:45 am
Mon July 15, 2013

The Associated Press Recognizes WQCS Staff

Public radio WQCS / 88.9 FM brought home five first place wins from The Associated Press awards program for outstanding reporting on the Treasure Coast communities it serves. 


News Director Jill Roberts won Best Series Reporting for her series on domestic violence with the SafeSpace shelter for battered women in Stuart.  The interviews included abuse stories from men and women, with an outline of the services from Executive Director Jill Borowicz.  


Jill Roberts, handling news at WQCS for more than 25 years, also received a second place award in Best Series Reporting.  Roberts and Floridays host Janie Gould put together several reports on the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 in Miami.  The storm was originally headed for the Treasure Coast and changed course while crossing the Bahamas.


Gould produced several oral history interviews with those affected by the storm and Roberts interviewed a Miami-Dade County school teacher who lost her condominium unit for 18 months while waiting for repairs to be completed. 


Roberts also received second place in Public Affairs for her story on the mobile food bank efforts for elderly residents on the Treasure Coast.  The Treasure Coast Food Bank provides the service. 


For the fourth consecutive year, Morning Edition local news host Drew Mello won first place in Newscasts up to five minutes category for his reporting each Monday through Friday during local breaks in National Public Radio’s Morning Edition news program, broadcast between 5 and 9 a.m.


Gould, now retired from WQCS, won first place in the Public Affairs category for her story on a pianist who plays with one hand after a stroke, and a second place win in Best Light Feature for her story on an historical fish house in Sebastian, part of Gould’s weekly Floridays oral history features.


A student intern at WQCS, Kenrick Thomas won two first place AP honors in the college category.  Thomas’s Best Long Light Feature was a story on Darue Fitness, a cross-fit and diet program to promote a healthy life style.  The second win was Best Sports for a story on the Treasure Coast Bobcats semi-professional football team in Port St. Lucie. 


Thomas interned with Jill Roberts, learning about the news business, and gaining experience by covering a variety of news stories and features in the community.